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COUNTY: Howard County
LOCATION DETAILS: 1 mile west of Hwy 281 on Hwy 58 and .5 south on gravel road.
NEAREST TOWN: St. Libory, (20 miles N of Grand Island)
NEAREST ROAD: .5 S of Hwy 58 1 west of Hwy 281
OBSERVED: I was looking around on the internet last night and ran onto to your site and it brought back a memory of something that happened to me when I was around 18 years old. The best I can recall was that it was around 1979. So I thought I would go ahead and report it just incase someone else has also reported this. I have told several people about this but most just think I'm crazy but I know what I saw.
It was a very cold winter morning (maybe December 1979 or January 1980), I lived on a farm. We had a long driveway and the mail box was at the end of the driverway. Just west of the mail box was a long shelterbelt with lots of trees. I went down to get the mail and pulled up to the mail box in my pickup when something caught my eye walking in the field so I pulled up to see better. What I saw was a large man like thing walking south in the field toward the sherlterbelt. It was approx. 1/4 mile west of me and approx. 10 to 20 yards north of the shelterbelt. I saw it for about 10 to 12 seconds is all. I remember it being dark brown with long hair. The wind was blowing fairly hard out of the north and I remember seeing the hair on it's arms and face blowing toward the front of it because the wind was at it's back. I also remember it having long arms and it took big steps. It kind of turned it's head and looked a little toward me and then walked a little faster and disappeared in the trees. I know it wasn't a man because no one would have been walking out there on such a cold morning. I had a high power rifle with a scope in my pickup but didn't have time to even pick it up and look through the scope at it. I wanted to go out there and look for tracks but I was afraid to. There was snow on the gound maybe about a foot worth. This field was a paster that it was walking in. The shelterbelt consisted of large old cottonwood trees and some pine trees. Well that's about it.
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing and I never saw it again nor did I ever hear anyone else say they saw it.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was by myself.
OTHER STORIES: NO.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Morning around 10:30. Wind out of the north around 30 MPH. Very cold outside, snow on ground.
ENVIRONMENT: Farm ground, mostly sandy ground fairly flat. Shelterbelts here and there that have been there for many years. No lakes or rivers close by, no mountains.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Mitch S.:
I interviewed this witness by phone for 45 minutes and found him to be very credible. Being from Nebraska I am very familiar with most areas of the state because of my hunting and fishing habits. I brought up the fact that most shelter belts would have a three strand barbed wire fence around it to protect it from cattle and he agreed that this one did. I then mentioned that the creature would have had to step over the fence to walk into the tree line. His reply was that he never saw the animal hesitate or change its gait to cross the fence. The stiff North wind making the long hair blow in front of it was brought up several times. The long arm length was also repeated by the witness.
About BFRO Investigator Mitch S.:
Mitch has attended the following Expeditions:
Washington Olympic Peninsula 2009
Mitch is an avid hunter and fisherman and a native of Nebraska.